Activities App & Exercise ring

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by vodouman, May 4, 2015.

  1. vodouman macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2008
    Hi guys,

    Can someone explain to me how the Exercise ring works?

    Myself and my girlfriend just went for a brisk walk and her exercise ring towards her 30 minute goal went up quite significantly and mine has done nothing. We used the 'outdoor walk' setting in 'Activities'.

    I have never managed to hit the 30 minute goal despite being a frequent gym goer.

    - vodouman
  2. coffeemadmanUK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I think it's linked to you as an individual, and based on things such as how often you exercise etc.

    It needs to be 30 minutes where you heart rate is raised. If you go to the gym regularly then the effort needed to get your 30 minutes will be different to someone else.

    In this instance, the walk might have raised your girlfriend's heart rate, but not yours.
  3. lokey macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2003
    I'm starting to wonder the same. My wife seems to clock Exercise much easier than I do as well. We took a long (not so brisk) walk together yesterday and had wildly different results in the Exercise area. We did not do an start an Activity however.

    We compared our stats after the walk and while she had 1000+ more steps than me (she's a foot shorter so that explains it) our distance was consistent. But... that Exercise ring was very different. She clocked 26 minutes, I clocked 3 minutes. I can only imagine it also takes heart rate into account and perhaps I'm in better shape than her so I didn't peak above whatever heart rate Apple has deemed as being "exercise".


    You beat me to it. I think you're absolutely correct.
  4. millerrh macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    What software are you guys on? Both 1.0.1? If she is on 1.0.0 and you are on 1.0.1 that might explain it. Apple all but disabled the heart rate sensor in 1.0.1 unless you are in Workout app. So it might have never realized you were taking that brisk walk and elevating your heart rate.

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